& Suicide Prevention
If you're struggling emotionally or thinking about suicide, help is available:
Monday-Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
FSU Counseling Center
After hours & on the weekends/holidays:
Suicide Prevention Helpline
Mental Health Screening
Click here to take an online anonymous self-assessment and find out in a few minutes whether counseling might be helpful for you.
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Appointments at the Center are strictly confidential. Any and all communications between counselor and client are privileged and safe-guarded by law. Information is not released to anyone (parents, professors, employers, or authorities) without your son/daughter's written permission.
Some exceptions to the restrictions, which allow for breaching a student's right to confidentiality:
- If there is a risk of imminent harm to self or others (e.g., a serious intent to commit suicide or homicide), therapists have a legal and ethical obligation to protect life.
- Therapists must release information when court orders.
- If we receive information that a child, elderly person, or mentally challenged person is being abused, therapists are mandated by law to report the abuse.
- If a student is judged to be in a medical crisis, therapists may provide necessary medical information (e.g., about medications) to medical personnel.
Can the counselor call me to keep me updated on how treatment is going?
We cannot discuss any information about your son/daughter without a written release giving specific permission to do so. Students can sign a Release of Information form, which allows the counselor to have contact with parents.
On occasion we ask that the student arrange for his or her parent(s) to attend a counseling session or arrange for a phone conference. Our medication prescriber may also ask a student to have his or her parent(s) come in to provide additional information.
What if I want to share information about my child or inquire about how they are doing?
Although we cannot give out information to parents unless the student has signed a release, we can listen to parents' concerns. Frequently parents have information that is helpful to the student and to the process of therapy.
For more information visit Confidentiality For Students.